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    Published on 06-15-2019 12:39 PM
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    Converging disturbances wreaked have on the Bold'Or Mirabaud on Lake Geneva Saturday, with winds in excess of 50 knots, hail lightning and thunderstorms, before clearing out. Many DNF's litter the course yet the race continues...


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    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is the most important inland lake regatta in the world.
    Started in 1939, it welcomes mono-hulls and multihulls each year on Lake Geneva, starting in Geneva, ...
    Published on 06-13-2019 12:16 PM
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    Record stands as Rambler 88 claims
    line honours victory in breezy Rolex Giraglia

    Press release issued by the International Maxi Association
    13 June 2019

    The Mediterranean’s reputation for light wind yacht racing was dented today, with the lead boats regularly experiencing 20-30 knot winds in the Rolex Giraglia’s offshore race - organised jointly by Yacht Club Italiano, Yacht Club de Monaco and Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and supported by the International Maxi Association (IMA).

    Starting from the Golfe de Saint-Tropez at 12:35 yesterday, the maxi ...
    Published on 06-13-2019 09:36 AM
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    With the breeze off Roscoff shutting down to become very light yesterday evening and through the night,
    the later finishers on Stage 2 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro struggled against the tide and unfortunately
    saw big increases in the time differences behind the leaders and some of their rivals.











    Such is the uncompromising nature of this race, the combination of missed tides and light winds,
    means hard earned minutes can very suddenly turn to hours.

    Even so this 50th edition of La Solitaire ...
    Published on 06-11-2019 09:11 AM
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    Racing towards a depression which has brought them strengthening winds and heavy rain as they reach eastwards up the Channel, the fleet on the second leg of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro are being led by Yoann Richomme (Hellowork-Groupe Telegramme), who has eked out a lead of nearly four miles on second placed Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) early this morning.

    Richomme. Leg 1 winner, reported gusts of more than 35-knots and short, steep confused seas as he battled towards the Needles Fairway buoy which ...
    Published on 06-09-2019 04:21 PM
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    Saint-Tropez threw up unexpected conditions for the maxi boats competing on their first of three days of inshore racing at the Rolex Giraglia, organised by Yacht Club Italiano and Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, supported by the International Maxi Association.

    As crews set off on their two windward-leeward races off one of the Cote d’Azur finest beaches - Plage de Pampelonne - they were bracing themselves for winds building in the afternoon to 30 knots. ...
    Published on 06-09-2019 12:29 PM
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    Wednesday morning very early, Simone and I went to the boarding of a gigantic cargo. Pirate Flag out, knife between the teeth, we are gone to the assault of this ship to a dozen miles from the dst d ' Ouessant!

    I'm kidding a little now but you can imagine that this act of involuntary piracy ...
    Published on 06-09-2019 11:51 AM
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    The northern latitudes of the Isle of Man once again will remain unconquered by solo sailors of La Solitaire after the planned course for stage 2 of the 50th anniversary edition La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro was radically altered to avoid strong northerly winds in the Irish Sea.

    Instead of the scheduled 250 miles windward leg to turn at the Isle of Man and a downwind to the finish in Roscoff, the 535 miles course which started off Kinsale at 1700 hrs local time today Sunday in beautiful sunshine and 12-15 knot westerly ...
    Published on 06-07-2019 10:23 AM
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    Italy's Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari have thrived at the Hempel World Cup Series Final in Marseille, France, finding form that has been unmatched in the 24-boat Nacra 17 fleet.

    Meanwhile in the 49er, Spain's Federico and Arturo Alonso wrapped up gold ahead of the Medal Race after another day of dominance.










    From two further Nacra 17 races, Bissaro and Frascari continued their excellent run of results in the top five with a first and a third that gives them a 16-point advantage heading into the Medal Race.

    Friday's racing commenced at ...
    Published on 06-06-2019 01:11 PM
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    Glorious Second Day In Costa Smeralda




    Porto Cervo, Italy: The second day of racing at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, an event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, was characterised by ideal wind conditions for big boat racing. Winds of 18 to 23 knots from the southeast allowed the fleet to give their best on a regatta course that was nothing short of ...
    Published on 06-06-2019 10:21 AM
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    Overall winner in 2016, Yoann Richomme was doing all he could to hold on to a lead of just under half a mile late this afternoon, seeking to close out what would be a well deserved victory on the first stage of the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro.




    First around the Fastnet Rock at 1229hrs local time, Richomme, 35 from Lorient, was being chased by talented, hard driving 21 year old rookie, Tom Laperche (Bretagne CMB Espoir) and Pierre Leboucher (Guyot ...
    Published on 06-05-2019 09:37 AM
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    ROLLERCOASTER CHANNEL
    Published on 05/06/2019

    As the 47 strong fleet on stage 1 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro cross the approach to the English Channel, the main pack is now split into three clear groups which became more defined during last night because of the passage of the Traffic Separation Scheme off the north west tip of France.




    Initial gains during the night were made by the most ...
    Published on 06-05-2019 09:32 AM
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    CASSANDRA BLANDIN ABOARD KLAXOON HEADING TO BREST AFTER COLLISION WITH CARGO SHIP




    French rookie Cassandre Blandin (Klaxoon C) contacted Francis Le Goff, the race director ...
    Published on 06-05-2019 09:04 AM
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    Sailors racing at the Hempel World Cup Series Final in Marseille, France needed to use all the strength and fitness they could muster with strong winds bringing the second day to an early close.

    Gusts well in excess of 30 knots were reported across the five racing areas. Only a small number of races for the sailors from 41 nations racing across the ten Olympic events and Open Kiteboarding were completed as the wind speed was deemed unsafe for competition. The Principal Race Officer brought the sailors back to the shore with proceedings cancelled at 15:00 local time.

    The 49er completed a single race in a breeze ...
    Published on 06-04-2019 04:19 PM
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    Four successive islands on France's northwest coast have in turn upset the leaderboard of the 553 nautical mile first stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro from Nantes to Kinsale. Each of the Iles de Yeu, Belle-Ile, Sein and this evening Ushant and the TSS has brought new surprises.

    Thomas Ruyant, (ADvens Fondation de la Mer), was thought by many to have lost badly for boldly striking out to the west on his own yesterday as the fleet tried to escape the clutches of the light wind, high pressure ridge. But when the main peloton tacked this afternoon to make west and avoid the western edge of the TSS at Ushant, ...
    Published on 05-24-2019 02:44 PM
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    Quantum Racing Lead Into Final Day
    (Friday 24th May, Mahón) – From a long day that finally yielded just one race, Quantum Racing emerged with an increased lead at the top of the leaderboard of the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week.










    The 2018 defending circuit champions, who won the 2016 TP52 World Championship title on these same Balearic waters, profited on the second upwind to pass ...
    Published on 05-24-2019 02:37 PM
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    GC32 LEADER TIE AS VILLASIMIUS TURNS UP THE VOLUME
    By James on 24 May. 2019

    While windy Thursday was in fact windless, on what the forecasters were predicting would be windless Friday Villasimius switched on its wind machine, allowing the full schedule of five races to be held and tired crew to come ashore into Marina di Villasimius buzzing. At this half way stage of the GC32 Villasimius Cup, the opening event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, ...
    Published on 05-23-2019 02:11 PM
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    A Tight Fit at the Top, One Point Separates Top Three in Menorca
    (Thursday 23rd May, Mahón) – On an uncompromising, very much one-sided race course off Mahón, Quantum Racing proved the top scoring boat at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week to take the overall lead at the first circuit regatta of 2019 by one single point.

    After missing Day 2’s scheduled races due to the lack of breeze, the third day was a gift with the bright spring sunshine and 10-15 knots of breeze. But with the ...
    Published on 05-22-2019 12:33 PM
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    Just a few days after the MACIF trimaran left the cargo ship that brought it back from Pointe-à-Pitre, in mid-January, it was sent to the yard for a refit, where it has spent nearly four months in the expert hands of the MACIF technical team. The goal was to improve the reliability ...
    Published on 05-21-2019 11:31 AM
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    Azzurra Make Dream Start to 2019 in Menorca
    (Tuesday 21st May, Mahón) – Menorca has been good to Azzurra when the 52 SUPER SERIES has visited in the past. In 2016 they turned a corner at the Menorca event to convert a bad season to a clear win the last event of the season in Cascais. And in 2017 the Italian-Argentine team clinched the season-long series title, partying long into the night in Mahón.

    Today the Roemmers’ family team made a very strong start ...
    Published on 05-20-2019 11:33 AM
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    What we have learnt
    from the Bermudes 1000 Race

    There is still one competitor still at sea in the second edition of the Bermudes 1000 Race, the Belgian skipper, Denis Van Weynbergh, who is expected to finish on Thursday afternoon in Brest. The race was won on Friday by Sébastien Simon (in 7 days, 17 hours and 34 minutes) ahead of Yannick Bestaven and Giancarlo Pedote. This 2000-mile race which is on the IMOCA Globe Series calendar with a weighting of two, was very instructive for the 17 solo sailors competing, none of whom were forced to retire. We look back at the ...